Roger Steffens (b. 1942) is a Brooklyn, New York-born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer. Steffens began photographing while serving in the Psychological Operations division in Vietnam, a period during which he began a journalistic record of his surroundings marked by an increasingly psychedelic lens. Steffens photographed extensively throughout his life amassing an archive of over 300,000 images – the near entirety of which had never been seen publicly before 2013 – when his children, Kate and Devon Steffens, began publishing the photos on Instagram under the name The Family Acid.
The Family Acid is the first book of Steffens’ photographs. Spanning 40 years of Steffens’ life and culled from over 40,000 chrome photographs, The Family Acid presents his often transcendent vision and life as a psychedelic pioneer on the order of Timothy Leary and Hunter S Thompson beginning with his work in Vietnam and moving through his ever revolving circle of friends and characters made up of Rastas, beatniks, musicians, artists, gonzo journalists, his family, and himself. The portraits, scenes, and freewheeling experimentation with the medium of photography coalesce into a body of work that both parallels and defines the countercultural ethos of Steffens’ generation.
This Spring 2016 HUF proudly collaborates with Roger Steffens and The Family Acid on a series of four photo tees featuring iconic works that span various periods throughout the photographer’s life.
For more information, visit: thefamilyacid.com
Now available at HUF retailers worldwide.
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